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Sandy Springs Tennis Center

A drone’s-eye view of the Sandy Springs Tennis Center

On a pristine spring afternoon, a half dozen teenagers practice their groundstrokes at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center. Home to two dozen outdoor courts, it’s the largest public complex of its kind in metro Atlanta.
Zoo Atlanta elephants

A drone’s eye view of the Zoo Atlanta elephants

Kelly and Tara start each morning with a hearty breakfast of bamboo, hay, and grain before spending the day wandering their habitat, which mimics a grassland savanna—equipped with a private wading pool.
Drone Oakland Cemetery

A drone’s eye view of Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery first opened its gates to the public a decade before the Civil War. Now filled with ornate tombstones, mausoleums, and magnolia trees, the cemetery has seen more than 70,000 people laid to rest here, including Margaret Mitchell, six governors, 27 mayors, and thousands of unknown Confederate soldiers.
Bellwood Quarry

A drone’s eye view of Bellwood Quarry

The 350-acre former mining site—more than double the size of Piedmont Park—could become the city’s largest greenspace, but not until 2030.
Avalon yoga

A drone’s eye view of Sunrise Yoga at Avalon, Alpharetta

The center of a mixed-use development is not the first place one thinks of seeking enlightenment. But downward dog usurps shopping sprees during Sunrise Yoga classes on the grassy plaza of Avalon in Alpharetta.
Chattahoochee

A drone’s eye view of the Chattahoochee River

Because the Chattahoochee snakes to the west—rather than through the heart of the city—the river is not linked to Atlanta in popular imagination the way that, say, Boston is paired with the Charles, St. Louis with the Mississippi, or Chattanooga with the Tennessee.
MARTA Armour Yard

Video: A drone’s eye view of MARTA’s Armour Yard

Every night, MARTA’s 318 railcars, each weighing 81,000 pounds, pull in to this gleaming maintenance facility for the mass transit equivalent of a tune-up and a detail. Here, in a facility just west of the Connector near Armour Circle, they’re cleaned and inspected by a crew of 130.

A drone’s eye view of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium

With just over two years left to complete the Atlanta Falcons stadium, crews of 750 are working six days a week to meet the August 2015 deadline to build the core of the 1.9-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion stadium that will rise 30 stories over Northside and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.

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